Already eccentric English fast bowler Jofra Archer will miss the West Indies tour after undergoing second elbow surgery, it was announced on Tuesday. Barbadian-born Quick has not been on the international field since March and his absence from duty in England will now be over a year after it was decided that the recurrent fatigue fracture in his right elbow requires further surgery. The 26-year-old Archer underwent surgery on Saturday and has now been banned by the England and Wales Cricket Board from the three-test tour of his native West Indies in March - a series officials had hoped would make its comeback to international cricket would mark.
Now it seems that the 2019 World Cup winner will be back in action in the English season 2022 at the earliest.
"Jofra Archer underwent a second operation on his injured right elbow in London on Saturday 11 December," said an ECB statement released on Tuesday. "The procedure addressed the long-standing fatigue fracture of his right elbow."A return to cricket will be set in time, but Jofra will not be available for any of England's remaining winter series." This announcement will spark a new debate about whether Archer, the son of an English father, will be able to bowl again at a rush pace should he return to professional cricket.
He stormed the international stage by leading England's attack during their 2019 World Cup triumph on home soil, and the Sussex Express also played against Australia in the ensuing Ashes streak. Archer was slated for the ongoing Ashes campaign in Australia but was banned months before the series.
England are currently 2-0 down and have three to play after a major defeat in 275 runs in their second Test in Adelaide. Archer, also a leading cricketer in the global Twenty20 franchise, has said repeatedly that he wants to enjoy a successful testing career, but it is now unknown exactly if his body will allow him to return to the five-day game.